Teaching Fellows Program

The Knowles Teaching Fellows Program is an intensive and cohesive, five-year program that supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.

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Senior Fellows Program

After completing the fifth year of the Fellowship, Teaching Fellows become Senior Fellows. Through the Senior Fellows Program, former Teaching Fellows have the opportunity to remain involved in the Knowles community throughout their careers and be supported in ongoing leadership efforts.

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A National Network

The Knowles network is made up of 353 Fellows teaching in 40 states, plus the District of Columbia. See where our Fellows teach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for a Knowles Teaching Fellowship?

Knowles Teaching Fellowships are intended to support beginning high school science and mathematics teachers in the United States. The 2018 Fellowships will be awarded to individuals who:

  • will be entering their first or second year as teacher of record during the 2018–2019 academic year;
  • have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career;
  • have earned a degree in a major related to the mathematics or science discipline they intend to teach between 2008 and September 1, 2018; and
  • have earned or will earn a valid state teaching credential/certificate/license that enables them to teach mathematics or science in grades 9–12 in the United States no earlier than January 1, 2013 and no later than September 1, 2018.

If you have questions about eligibility, please contact us at apply@knowlesteachers.org.

Am I eligible if I have no previous teaching experience?

Yes. Individuals with no teaching experience are encouraged to apply. The Fellowship is intended to support individuals with strong backgrounds in science and/or mathematics who are beginning their careers in the teaching profession.

Can I change locations/schools during the Fellowship?

You do not have to remain in the same location for all five years of the Fellowship. Many of our Fellows have changed locations between completing a teacher education program and beginning their teaching jobs, or even from one year of teaching to the next. However, you must teach in a U.S. high school to retain the Fellowship.

Can I teach at any school I want?

Fellows can teach at any U.S. high school, as long as science or mathematics is at least half of their teaching assignment. American schools abroad, high schools in U.S. territories and Department of Defense schools abroad are not considered U.S. high schools for the purpose of the Knowles Teaching Fellowship.

What are the financial benefits of becoming a Teaching Fellow?

Each Teaching Fellow may be awarded up to $8000* per year in the form of grants to be used for professional development, work with a mentor, engaging in practitioner inquiry with peers, visiting other Fellows to observe them teach, classroom materials that support student learning, and/or leadership activities aimed at improving education beyond a Fellow’s own classrooms. Fellows may also choose to use approximately half of their allocated funds for summer stipends. For more detailed information, please visit the Knowles Fellowships section of our website.

* The amount allocated to each Fellow for grants and stipends may change on an annual basis.